Michigan State Bests Wisconsin for B1G Road Win

Scott HenryFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2013

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 19:  Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates with Branden Dawson #22 and Travis Trice #20 during action against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Jack Breslin Center on January 19, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 59-56. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Michigan State 49, Wisconsin 47, FINAL

Wisconsin's arena staff left the lid on the wrong team's basket.

The Badgers struggled to make shots all night, but still nearly pulled out the victory over No. 13 Michigan State at the Kohl Center. Michigan State (17-3, 6-1 Big Ten) hung on for the 49-47 victory, sending UW to its second straight loss.

Wisconsin (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten) shot exactly 29.6 percent from the floor and from three-point range, but most galling was the 7-of-18 display from the free-throw line. Even for a team that came in shooting 62 percent, those figures are ugly.

Michigan State was led by the duo of Branden Dawson and Keith Appling. Dawson manhandled the Badgers for a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Appling carded 19 points and six rebounds, although he did make only six of his 17 shots.

Mike Bruesewitz led the Badgers with 10 points and seven rebounds. Jared Berggren added nine points and nine boards. Berggren has great cause to be frustrated with his performance, though, as he shot 3-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-8 from the line.

Michigan State travels to Bloomington to face No. 7 Indiana on Sunday, while the Badgers host 12th-ranked Minnesota on Saturday.